Reed A. Ayers

Assistant Professor

Education: B.S., M.S., and Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder

Research Interests: Craniofacial implants (porous metals and ceramics, and shape memory metals), bone mechanics and enzyme/substrate interactions, spaceflight skeletal and immune effects, immune and skeletal system development, laboratory automation for high throughput biological screening, digital image processing, and cytokine therapies in the regeneration of joint cartilage.

Office: HH 356
Phone: 303-384-2337

E-mail: ruayers@mines.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dr. Ayers is a Assistant Professor in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, where he specializes in ceramic and intermetallic biomaterials for bone engineering and the analysis of tissues as materials. He received his B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1987. He then worked for Martin Marietta Astronautics for 7 years on the Titan IV program. In 1994 he returned to the University of Colorado for his M.S. (1995) and Ph.D. (1999) in Aerospace Engineering. He worked at the spaceflight life sciences research center, BioServe Space Technologies where he focused on the mechanical properties of bone and how properties scale through species. For his Ph.D. (1999), Reed's work focused on the effects of material porosity on bone ingrowth in human craniofacial bone. During this time, he also was part of several Space Shuttle flights examining the effect of cytokines on mitigating the effects of bone loss in astronauts. Reed was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Commercial Applications of Combustion in Space at the Colorado School of Mines in 1999. He was an adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado from 2000-2006 and at Colorado state university from 2004-2005. At the Colorado School of Mines, Reed has adapted the process of combustion synthesis of calcium phosphate to make multiphasic bioceramics. He is also a leader in the detection of toxic elements in skin tissue. Reed's research interests include, calcium phosphate ceramic synthesis, bone tissue engineering, tissue responses to biomaterials, bone mechanical properties and bone biomineralization.



Selected Publications:

Book chapters:
Ayers RA, Bateman TA, Simske SJ, Porous NiTi as a material for bone engineering. In: LH Yahia (ed) Shape Memory Implants, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2000, pp. 73-88.

Simske SJ, Ayers RA, Bateman TA, Porous materials for bone engineering. In: Liu, D.-M., Dixit, V. (eds.) Materials Science Forum, vol. 250: Porous Materials for Tissue Engineering, Transtech, Enfield, NH, 1997, pp 151-182.

Peer Reviewed:

Ayers, RA, Neilsen-Priess S, Ferguson V, Gotolli G, Moore JJ, Kleebe HJ, Multiphasic calcium phosphate induced mineralization in SaOS-2 osteoblast-like cells. Mat Sci and Eng C 2006;26:1333-1337.

Ayers, RA, Burkes D, Gotolli G, Moore JJ, Combustion synthesis of biomaterials. J Biomed Mater Res. Onliune Oct. 2006.

High WA, Ayers RA, Chang A, Fitzpatrick JE. Gadolinium is detectable within tissue of patients with nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy. J Am Acad Dermatol Nov 2006 E-pub ahead of print.

R. Ayers, D. Burkes, G. Gottoli, H.C. Yi, J.Y. Guigné, J.J. Moore, The Application of Energetic SHS Reactions in the Synthesis of Multi-functional Bone Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery Systems. In Multifunctional Energetic Materials,

(N.N. Thadhani, R.W. Armstrong, A.E. Gash, W.H. Wilson. Eds.) Mat Res Soc. Symposium Proceedings, Vol. 896, 2006.

Ayers RA, Bateman TA, Simske SJ, Porous NiTi as a material for bone engineering. In: LH Yahia (ed) Shape Memory Implants, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2000, pp. 73-88.

Simske SJ, Ayers RA, Bateman TA, Porous materials for bone engineering. In: Liu, D.-M., Dixit, V. (eds.) Materials Science Forum, vol. 250: Porous Materials for Tissue Engineering, Transtech, Enfield, NH, 1997, pp 151-182.

Reed A. Ayers, Martin Castillo Guglielmo Gottoli, John J. Moore, Steven J. Simske, Combustion synthesis of Ca3(PO4)2 Net-Shape Surgical Implants, NASA Tech Briefs, September 21, 2005.

High WA, Ayers RA, Chang A, Fitzpatrick JE. Unusual response to ear piercing: granulomatous response to titanium alloy. Submitted Journal of Cutaneous Pathology, October 2005.

R. Ayers, D. Burkes, G. Gottoli, H.C. Yi, J.Y. Guigné, J.J. Moore, The Application of Energetic SHS Reactions in the Synthesis of Multi-functional Bone Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery Systems. Mat Res Soc. Fall 2005.

 

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